Iranian Minister for Science, Research and Technology, Dr Mostafa Moin, and CERN* Director-General, Professor Luciano Maiani, today signed a draft Memorandum of Understanding concerning the participation of Iranian universities in the Laboratory's scientific programme. Under this agreement, one Iranian researcher and three students will come to CERN to participate in the CMS experiment, with Iranian industry contributing to the experiment's construction. The Memorandum also paves the way for possible further Iranian involvement with experiments at CERN.
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The Universe is indescribably huge. Can it be possible that humanity is the only form of intelligent life that exists in all this immensity? Are we really alone ?
Throughout history there have been reported sightings of creatures from elsewhere. Science fiction novels and films with flying saucers and bizarre looking aliens are part of our general culture. Perhaps the Earth is really only an experiment designed by mice and soon we will all be destroyed to make way for a new interstellar highway!
The CERN* Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 118th session today under the chairmanship of Professor Maurice Bourquin (CH).
On 4 June in the distinguished surroundings of Washington's National Building Museum, Les Robertson (photo), Deputy Leader of CERN*'s Information Technology Division accepted a 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program on behalf of the Laboratory. This prestigious award was made to CERN for its innovative application of information technology to the benefit of society, and followed the Laboratory's nomination by Lawrence Ellison, Chairman and CEO of the Oracle Corporation.
Since the early 1950s, a number of powerful research infrastructures and laboratories which are used by an extensive network of scientists have been developed and deployed within Europe by European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIRO). Together, they represent European spearheads in some of the most crucial basic and applied research fields.
At a seminar at CERN* on 10 May the NA48 collaboration announced its final result on one of nature's best-kept secrets : direct Charge Parity (CP)-violation. This subtle effect explains nature's preference for matter over antimatter.
In recent years science communicators and scientists have made an enormous effort to improve the understanding of science and technology amongst the general public. What are the results? Has anything changed?
A 9.8 million euro funding over three years in support of the DataGrid project was authorized by the EC Information Society Programme (within the Fifth Framework Research Programme for technology development) at the end of December 2000 and a contract has been awarded to CERN* as leader of the project.
The CERN Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 116th session on 15 December under the chairmanship of Dr. Hans C. Eschelbacher (DE).
From 14 to 17 November 30 British companies will exhibit leading edge technologies at CERN1. This is Britain's 18th exhibition at CERN since 1968. Out of the 30 companies, which attended the Britain at CERN exhibition in 1998, 25 have received an order or a contract relating to CERN during the last two years.